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Mackenzie Crawshaw-Hall and Capt Mark Garratt opening the “Culdrose Helipark”
Mackenzie Crawshaw-Hall and Capt Mark Garratt opening the “Culdrose Helipark”
Capt Mark Garratt and Lt Cdr James Hall test out the new Play Park
Mackenzie Crawshaw-Hall, winner of the competition to name the New Park

Culdrose helipark is just for kids

Published: 08 Sep 2014

Youngsters of all ages have been enjoying a brilliant summer at a new play park at the Royal Navy Families Community Centre in Helston.

The Park was built at the centre with money allocated from a naval fund set aside to refurbish 15 play parks across the Royal Navy Estate, and enthusiasm for the park was so great that the Culdrose HIVE devised a competition to give the new facility a name.

Mackenzie Crawshaw-Hall’s entry, “Culdrose Helipark” was chosen and his reward was to be guest of honour alongside Commanding Officer Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Captain Mark Garratt and at the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.

“The old play equipment was over 10 years old and was really starting to show its age and looked very tired: not very appealing to the kids”, said Gemma Railton, Community Development Worker for RNAS Culdrose. “Once we secured funding we upgraded the play area and added a basketball court along with somewhere for them to kick a ball”.

The “Culdrose Helipark” was finished as the summer holidays started and a date was set for the Grand opening, when those involved in its build could come down to the Married Quarters and see all hard the work. But with such a popular facility it was decided to open everything early. Throughout the summer holidays children have flocked to the PlayParkand not a day has gone by when its not been used. “From Dawn to Dusk they’re all over it”, said Vikki Breen Information Officer at the HIVE within the Community Centre. “It’s so popular with all the children and they can play in a really safe environment.”

Tamsin Earnshaw has two children who use the Park, “My two come here everyday, I love this facility it’s brilliant, really accessible. In the old park most of the stuff would always be breaking down and the children just grew out of it. Here we have bright apparatus that the children love to play with, it’s great!”

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